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Reformat HP pc hard drive.

Hi! My computer's been acting up for a while, so i got fed up and decided to wipe the drive and take it back to factory mode maybe the virus or whatever software issues it has will kinda reset. I didn't satisfactorily wipe the drive because even though i've lost almost all my data files (music etc) it still has "ghost programs." There are icons that won't link correctly. Even worse, it's norton antivirus is faulty now, and everytime i boot, a screen with a foreign launguage pops up and i have to click ok for it to go away. I cant get my hands on any free antivirus currently because my dial up takes forever so i want to reformat it again. Can someone tell me how to do it right this time? i have an xp o.s. but cant get the model number of the p.c.
thanks,
Sean

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1. Start your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

NOTE: You must log on as an administrator or a user that has administrator rights.
2. At the command prompt, type cd\, and then press ENTER.
3. Type cd\windows\system32, and then press ENTER.
4. Type osuninst.exe, and then press ENTER.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin uninstalling Windows XP from your computer to restore the previous operating system
6.In DOS mode type FORMAT C:\ it will ask if you want to type Y for yes and then RE install windows after the wipe

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    BY the way if you want your OS to be more stable format as NTFS not FAT 32

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To perform a clean install of your XP. follow this steps.

1.    Start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2.    When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
3.    At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4.    When you see the End-User License Agreement, press F8.
5.    Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP. This would be your c:\ drive

note: when formating the drive do not choose the quick format option.

6.    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

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